As one of the first Western BB creams to be made available in the Canadian drugstores, the Garnier Skin Renew BB cream hit the ground running and despite the higher than average price tag, it seemed to be gaining quite a reputation. I was amongst those eagerly awaiting it’s arrival after hearing about it from American bloggers (they usually get the first look) and went running to the store as soon I saw it in the flyers.
I have already been using Asian bb creams for quite a few years but as this was my first western version, I had no idea what to expect. The packaging glamourized the product with clinical statistics and claims, it was practically marketed as Photoshop in a tube. Before we get all caught up in the excitement, let’s take a look at it’s stats.
Product: Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream
Colour Selection: Light/Medium, Medium/Deep
Price: $16-17 Cad
Would I repurchase: Likely not.
So you might be wondering why it took me so long to post a review if I’ve already had this in my arsenal for months? Quite frankly, I couldn’t make up my mind about this bb cream for the longest time but after much deliberation, I think we’ve reached a verdict.
THE FINER DETAILS
A look at the ingredients list below reveals that this bb cream reads more like a pumped up foundation. I can see a few skincare ingredients but nothing overly impressive when compared to it’s Asian counter parts.
Here’s a much more true to life swatch, taken in sunlight, of the Light/Medium shade. I quite enjoy the smooth texture of the product but it has a slightly orange cast and is surely not pale enough for who consider themselves porcelain or fair skinned.
Below are swatches done on my face, bare faced with just some moisturizer and on the right is with 1-2 layers of the bb cream. The second layer is mainly just over the areas where I’m breaking out, bad time to take bare faced photographs but a perfect time to test out a base item.
Now that I’m looking at the before and after photos myself, it does seem to brighten my skin tone slightly but nothing I would consider very visible in person. The best best qualities about this bb cream would be its texture and the natural looking coverage, everything else was quite average for me.
THE FINAL VERDICT
- Try it if you can find a good shade match between what is offered, would make a great daily light coverage foundation.
- Fragranced, no SPF, claims non-comedogenic.
- The extra kick of skincare ingredients is nice but didn’t do anything majorly impressive for my skin, I think the only noticeable improvement is a little firming of my skin (the caffeine perhaps.)
- Texture is very smooth and blends effortlessly, light buildable coverage will be appreciated by those looking for something natural looking on the skin.
- Quite long lasting (5-8hrs) but oxidized on my skin.
- Best for: Combination skin, normal skin, slightly oily skin, mild acne.
Things to note: Although it claims to be non-comedogenic, I did experience a few spots when first using this. Remember to remove it completely with a makeup removing cleanser or cleansing towel. It has no SPF so use your own if you plan on heading into the sun.
I think the Garnier Skin Renew bb cream still has quite a few kinks to work out but being a first release I’d still say it’s a reasonably good product to try. The way it looks on the skin is certainly one of the most natural I’ve seen in a while, not too dewy and not powdery, especially for a drugstore product, I just hope in the future they will improve on the colours.